About UNDP in Timor-Leste

A long of young men and women holding traditional fabricsUniversity students prepare to greet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his 2012 visit to Timor-Leste. Photo: Sandra Magno/UNDP TL

Since 1999, UNDP has been supporting the Timorese people move from post-conflict recovery towards sustainable development and currently focuses on supporting the building of strong and capable public institutions, inclusive and effective democratic governance and environmental management. 

UNDP’s Country Programme Action Plan (2015-2019), developed in partnership with and approved by the Timor-Leste government, aims to build the foundations for lasting peace, resilience to climate induced natural disaster, and poverty reduction.

The Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA), signed at independence on 20 May 2002, provided an early framework for UNDP’s work in the country as well as the ongoing legal basis for UNDP’s operations in Timor-Leste. 

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP recognizes that the Timor-Leste government is primarily responsible for the national development agenda. The current Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2015-2019 was designed in partnership with state institutions, responding to the key priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste over the period. 

UNDP Timor-Leste’s three programme areas, and individual projects within each of those portfolios, are designed around the following goals: fostering a culture of effective and efficient democratic governance, poverty reduction, environmental resources management, and social cohesion and conflict prevention.

The CPAP also reflects the primary goals of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2015-2019.

Who are the decision makers?

The UNDP Country Director is Claudio Providas and the Operations Manager is Diana Lina Bernardo.

Programme heads are responsible for each of the programme areas, while managers oversee administrative and support units including finance, human resources, IT, administration, communication, procurement and security. Programme decisions are made in consultation with counterpart institutions in the Government of Timor-Leste and donor and other partners, through institutional managerial arrangements established in agreements signed between UNDP and the Government of Timor-Leste.

Current staff count for Timor-Leste

Contract type


National Fixed-Term Appointments (FT/PA)

35 (34/1)

International FTAs/PAs 14 (12/2)

Service contract (SC)


United Nations Volunteer (UNV)




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